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Blueberry Pumpkin Protein Muffins (Gluten Free) + Our Weekend!

This weekend, among other things, I finished off the last of my blueberry pumpkin protein muffins, so I thought it was time to share the recipe (in time for me to make more, but this time with cranberries). But first, how about a little rewind of the weekend? 

Congrats to Laura on her BQ! Proud fellow coach and girl put in the WORK. Congrats to Tina on her PR and podium!

YogDev Wheel Giveaway!

Joining up with Katie (who is due so soon!) for Marvelous Monday!

Weekend Shenanigans!

Well, I have to back up to Thursday because while yes, it was Thursday, it wasn’t just any Thursday but rather sushi date night with Tiffy! I took her to one of my favorite spots Yuzu (in Noble Square/West Town), and we FEASTED. The lighting in there is tremendously low, but their work is amazing. I got hamachi sashimi, grilled cauliflower from their Robata grill x2, and their fantastic tuna poke, and we shared edamame and I helped Tiffy with her roll (which I can’t remember the name of but had tempura shrimp) and she had the Philly roll to herself (she always gets it!). Washed down with an Allagash White, it was a fantastic evening with a fantastic lady.


Not my pic, but an example of some of Yuzu’s work! source

Friday was pretty run of the mill, but it concluded in a way that was anything but: another date with blogger friends! Ellen, Ellie and I have been declaring our love of D4 sweet potato fries on Instagram and blogs for a while now, and we decided to make it official with a trip to the place in question and a shared basket of fries. Sadly, this might be the one time that I’ve gotten sp fries from D4 that weren’t fresh perfection (but they were still better than just about any other fries out there). Because Alex wasn’t there for me to eat off of, I added shrimp to my kale grapefruit salad (and had a Goose Island 312 for good measure. I already know I adore Ellen, and after meeting Ellie a few weeks ago at the dog park (such a coincidence), I knew that the three of us would have a great time. What I really loved? Not a word of blogging or social media, or any of that. We talked about REAL things/topics/the silliness of our lives. I loved it. Definitely need a redux!

D4 Irish Pub kale grapefruit salad with shrimp! Love that restaurant! @suzlyfe

Saturday morning, I bundled up for coaching, and guess who I got to go with me–Alex! He got to wear his new tights, and I was glad to have him a) because I love that he went and b) I was flying solo as a coach again. It was great to have him as reinforcements. Also, please explain how he was running without gloves (he pulled his long sleeve down and then hooked the thumb holes of his light jacket over it) and his hands were HOT and I had on gloves and my hands were numb with cold. He even sweated in his hat. I. don’t. get. it. 

Delicious fries and liquid cheese for the win! @suzlyfe

After noshing on pumpkin beers ($2 apiece because they were trying to get rid of them!) and more fries than you could shake a stick at (seriously, it was absurd), we headed home and laid low. I made a great Hello Fresh dinner (more to come on that). Definitely one to share and make again.

Sunday, I woke up stupidly early (3 AM), so Ridley and I cuddled on the couch and I got caught up on comments and emailed various giveaway winners. Finally, we ran some errands and took Ridley to the dog park (where she was the “star” of her own show and was bananas), then came home and headed for the regular gym and grocery trip.

And $165 later… um yeah, we got groceries. But so many things were on sale!! It’s not my fault!! They made me!

Then it was time to put up some of our decorations and clean out our apartment a bit. I’ve been collecting various treats for the Suzlyfe Blogiversary Giveaway box for months, and it felt so good to have that finally out of the office! Our next task is to get our lights hung up. Chances that we leave them up until we move out (as we did at our last place)? Pretty high, knowing us!

I also tried and half failed at put up window draft guards. I didn’t clean the frames, first of all, and, well, it went downhill from there. If I don’t think they are helping in the next few days, I’ll probably just take them down. Oh, and let’s be real, I started it, got frustrated, and made Alex do it. #truelife

A little dinner date night for us rounded out the night. We headed to Hopcat for a delightful dinner and beers. I told you that I was determined to get my beers in! #goals (no, really… goals).

A good weekend of good people, good food, good running, and just good feels. I would be happy if each and every weekend looked like this one! (well, with a UVA win, that would have been better, but you can’t have everything, lol).

Now, recipe? 

In my survey, many of you all said that you weren’t so into my recipes, but then in the comments for my blogiversary, many asked for more recipes, so I am going to keep doing what I am doing and sharing recipes as they feel appropriate, and with a bit of extra interest (such as my weekend recaps) alongside them. 

Blueberry Pumpkin Protein Muffins (Gluten Free)

These blueberry pumpkin protein muffins are the perfect healthy snack for any season! Gluten free and high in protein and fiber!

I developed this recipe in response to a few conditions:

  1. I have to give props to Sarah, as she helped inspire this recipe with her sweet potato blueberry bread, which stimulated me to buy blueberries (on sale) at the store.
  2. After my epic weekend of baking, I had plenty of zucchini based goodies, so I didn’t want a zucchini bread.
  3. I had used up almost all of the chickpea flour and protein powder that I had aimed to use up. 
  4. I had about a cup of pumpkin that needed using, and only a little bit of egg whites and Greek Yogurt left

These blueberry pumpkin protein muffins are the perfect healthy snack for any season! Gluten free and high in protein and fiber!

Et voila. I guess I should call these “Clean out the cupboards and fridge” Blueberry Pumpkin Protein Muffins! Want to make these without protein powder? No worries! Use pastry flour or GF all-purpose flour. I like the chickpea flour (extra protein and fiber), but it can get very dense, so you don’t want to use it only). This is a great recipe that combines flavors of all seasons–just sub out sweet potato when pumpkin isn’t in season, and various fruits as you like!

These blueberry pumpkin protein muffins are the perfect healthy snack for any season! Gluten free and high in protein and fiber!

Blueberry Pumpkin Protein Muffins (Gluten Free)

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Combining flavors of fall and spring, these gluten free blueberry pumpkin protein muffins are perfect for all seasons!

You'll Need...

  • Dry Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup Gluten Free Vanilla Protein Powder (vegan bakes better)
  • 1/2 cup Chickpea Flour
  • 1/2 cup Old Fashioned Gluten Free Oats
  • 1 TBSP Sweetener of choice
  • 2 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • Wet Ingredients:
  • 1 cup Pumpkin Puree
  • 1/4 Cup Liquid Egg White
  • 1/2 Cup Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1/8 cup Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 cup Fresh Blueberries


  1. Preheat oven to 350*F
  2. Combine Dry ingredients in large mixing bowl, whisk together wet ingredients in a separate bowl. Toss majority of the blueberries in the dry ingredients bowl, then add wet ingredients to dry and fold gently. Fold last blueberries in.
  3. Bake 20-25 minutes, turning 1/2 through.
  4. Remove, cool, and enjoy!

Seriously, so delicious, and I love the pop of blueberry. Plus, these pumpkin muffins aren’t too sweet, so you can have them as a snack, with dinner, or with Greek yogurt or ice cream for dessert!

The perfect protein muffin for any time of day and any season! YUM #glutenfree #healthyrecipe Click To Tweet

Linking up with Foodie Friday (Farrah, Annmarie, Esther, and Jess), Friday Favorites (Heather), Meatless Monday (Sarah and Deborah) and another Meatless Monday (Rachel and Annmarie), Food and Fitness Sunday (Ilka and Angela).

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  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    Pumpkin & blueberry are just meant to be to be together!
    Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious recently posted…Healthy Snickerdoodles {GF, Low Cal}My Profile

    December 5, 2016 at 5:19 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      So good together!

      December 6, 2016 at 2:00 pm
  • Reply Carla

    Apparently you’re the one to get me to finally cave and explore chickpea flour. I will report back from Trader Joe’s πŸ™‚
    Carla recently posted…Choosing CAREfrontation over confrontation.My Profile

    December 5, 2016 at 5:23 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      YAY Let me know!

      December 6, 2016 at 1:59 pm
  • Reply jennifer

    I would have never thought to put pumpkin and blueberries together . . . but I really like the idea!
    jennifer recently posted…Tidings of Comfort Food & Joy – Grilled Cheese Steak, Bacon Mac, Chicken Soup ‘n MoreMy Profile

    December 5, 2016 at 5:31 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I can’t wait to see what you do with it!

      December 6, 2016 at 1:59 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    Looks like a great weekend. Chicago certainly has great places for both beer and fries!
    Sarah recently posted…DIY Runner’s Gift For The HolidaysMy Profile

    December 5, 2016 at 6:00 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      We definitely have that covered, lol

      December 6, 2016 at 1:59 pm
  • Reply Allie

    So much good food!! That sushi place looks beyond amazing. I’m just sitting here dreaming of when I make it to Chicago and demand you take me to ALL these spots πŸ™‚ Beers, fries, sushi – I mean what else could a girl want??
    Allie recently posted…The Rundown – Get Your House in OrderMy Profile

    December 5, 2016 at 6:14 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Really not much–thus why I’m going to be staying here!

      December 6, 2016 at 1:58 pm
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    Oh my gosh thank you for the shout-out! But I have to give you a shout out because of your awesome advice.
    And get that beer goal, girl!
    Laura @ This Runner’s Recipes recently posted…California International Marathon Training Race WeekMy Profile

    December 5, 2016 at 6:36 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well, you know I have to PR in something, right πŸ˜€ And don’t even go there–I just told you what you already knew!

      December 6, 2016 at 1:58 pm
  • Reply Heather @ Polyglot Jot

    These look so good and I’m so happy they’re gluten free πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    December 5, 2016 at 7:08 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Always looking out for you!

      December 6, 2016 at 1:56 pm
  • Reply Kerri Mcgrail

    When I was first looking at that sushi pic I literally thought “wow that is some nice art”….thats when you know you are starting Monday with less than sufficient sleep lol. Those muffins look tasty. I always forget how much I like muffins!
    Kerri Mcgrail recently posted…Run Less Run Faster: How I Qualified for Boston Running 3-4 days a WeekMy Profile

    December 5, 2016 at 7:10 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      hahahahahaha but to be fair, their sushi art IS pretty incredible!

      December 6, 2016 at 1:56 pm
  • Reply Emily @ My Healthyish Life

    I stared at that sushi picture for too long. Incredible work! I’m still eating pumpkin bread (it’s been like two months now) but haven’t added blueberries into the mix!
    Emily @ My Healthyish Life recently posted…13 Things I Want For Christmas That Money Can’t BuyMy Profile

    December 5, 2016 at 7:19 am
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    I have not cooked with chick pea flour yet. I do love me some blueberry muffins. Thanks for linking up!
    Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner recently posted…Vegan Winter Minestrone -Soup ClubMy Profile

    December 5, 2016 at 7:25 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You should definitely try out chickpea flour! I feel like there is so much you could do with it!

      December 6, 2016 at 1:55 pm
  • Reply Sarah @ BucketListTummy

    Oooh, these look delicious! I actually have some chickpea flour that I don’t know what to do with. Bluebs are my absolute favorite so I’ll eat them ANY WAY POSSIBLE! Good people, good feels, good running and good vibes make for the best weekend.
    Sarah @ BucketListTummy recently posted…26 Lessons From My First MarathonMy Profile

    December 5, 2016 at 7:48 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I love blueberries in baked goods. That pop of flavor is just the best!

      December 6, 2016 at 1:53 pm
  • Reply Annmarie

    Yaaaaaaas. I love anything with blueberries, what an awesome flavor combo! Cannot wait to give these a try!
    Annmarie recently posted…Dairy Free Chocolate Peppermint SmoothieMy Profile

    December 5, 2016 at 7:48 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Easy peasy, as well!

      December 6, 2016 at 1:52 pm
  • Reply Cora

    Fist bumps and hugs for having such a wonderful weekend. Good feels all around.
    These looks great. I just opened a can of pumpkin for a recipe that needed a whopping two tablespoons (#necessities) so I need to choose how to not waste the rest of the can. Brilliant use of chickpea flour!
    Cora recently posted…Week In Review: Learning in So Many Ways. A Week Done and DominatedMy Profile

    December 5, 2016 at 8:04 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      What is the point of it if you are only using 2 tbsps? Pumpkin should be the star πŸ˜€

      December 6, 2016 at 1:52 pm
  • Reply Morgan @ Morgan Manages Mommyhood

    Those muffins look unreal! It looks like you had a great weekend – excited to hear about your HelloFresh meals!
    Morgan @ Morgan Manages Mommyhood recently posted…Comment on Best of the Weekend: Off Weeks and Christmas Socks by heatherMy Profile

    December 5, 2016 at 8:21 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’ve done Hello Fresh a number of times–I”m excited to finally tell you all about it!

      December 6, 2016 at 1:51 pm
  • Reply Patricia @Sweet and Strong

    I love muffins and all things sweet especially this time of year! And all your eats from the weekend sound delicious. I love the plates at the sushi place. My sister and I were craving sushi a few weeks ago so I got my first ever sushi burrito, it was pretty darn tasty!
    Patricia @Sweet and Strong recently posted…Pizza Date Night, Workouts, Holiday Spirit, and other Weekend HighlightsMy Profile

    December 5, 2016 at 8:33 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I have heard good things about sushi burritos! We have a place here with that exact name. I wish I liked rice, but otherwise I would be so into it.

      December 6, 2016 at 1:50 pm
  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    I am back at home in Georgia while Eric is staying an extra 2 weeks in Cabo, where the weather is warm and sunny. He’d better get ready because the day he returns–the low is supposed to be 25, hahaha!

    It rained all weekend, which we have needed so much, so I played inside–it was one of those weekends when you don’t even bother to look at the time.

    I cleaned out my jewelry and got it ready to take to the Thrift Store, in time for Christmas. This wasnt the good stuff (Susie, you can breathe!.) This was all of the costume jewelry and lots of earrings from my life long ago, in a galaxy far, far away.
    I had over 50 pairs of earrings……and that was just the start! Necklaces, bracelets, rings, a lot of sterling silver. Today, Im cleaning all of the silver jewelry and I’ll take it tomorrow to my favorite Thrift Store in Atlanta. Someone will enjoy these wonderful items and they would make great stocking stuffers!

    and don’t get me started on the weeding out of the over 300 lipsticks……Been there, done that!

    December 5, 2016 at 8:49 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      YAY for it raining! You guys needed it so much! And it better not have been the good stuff. You know I call dibs there.

      December 6, 2016 at 1:48 pm
      • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

        Actually, last night I found the really good sterling silver from my Zuni fetish days.
        I’d completely forgotten about it! There is a lot of it and I’m going to wear it again, but I will share!
        The really good stuff does have your name on it, but you can’t have it till you’re 80…..!

        December 6, 2016 at 2:39 pm
  • Reply Gretchen

    When I come to visit chicago, we are going to that sushi place. WOW!! (and now i’m craving sushi!)
    Gretchen recently posted…Week in WorkoutsMy Profile

    December 5, 2016 at 9:09 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I will gladly take you!

      December 6, 2016 at 1:47 pm
  • Reply Suzy

    Oh, nice! I need to get back to baking again. I’ve been lazy.
    Suzy recently posted…Mileage MondayMy Profile

    December 5, 2016 at 9:34 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m always lazy. Always.

      December 6, 2016 at 1:47 pm
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    It looks like a lot of yummy food was consumed this weekend!
    Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home recently posted…Ho Lotta Fun: Running Bloggers WeekendMy Profile

    December 5, 2016 at 10:16 am
  • Reply Jo @ Living MInt Green

    Oh my… the plating and presentation of that sushi is to die for and looks way too pretty to eat!
    I’m also a fry food monster. Especially when they’re sweet potato fries + some sort of fun dip!!!
    Jo @ Living MInt Green recently posted…Making the best of winter + weekend fun!My Profile

    December 5, 2016 at 11:28 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      These come with chipotle cucumber aioli πŸ˜€

      December 6, 2016 at 1:46 pm
  • Reply Erin @ Erin's Inside Job

    You need to just take the sushi outside where there is light hahaha
    Erin @ Erin’s Inside Job recently posted…Strange and Scones WeekendMy Profile

    December 5, 2016 at 1:21 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It was night, silly.

      December 6, 2016 at 1:45 pm
  • Reply kat

    I haven’t baked wth chickpea flour in FOREVERRRRR. I need to buy some. I remember loving it! These muffins sound amazing. Who cares if pumpkin season is “technically” over – do bloggers ever follow the rules anyway? πŸ˜‰ And Im super jealous of your blogger meet-up! I’ve only been to one – ever lol
    kat recently posted…Peppermint Mocha Bread [ Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free]My Profile

    December 5, 2016 at 1:22 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Don’t tell me what to do! Lol. I think chickpea flour should be your next project!

      December 6, 2016 at 1:44 pm
  • Reply Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday

    Glad I wasn’t the only one who noticed the less-magical quality of the SP fries. But still, fries. YES.
    That sushi presentation is #goals.
    Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday recently posted…Snickerdoodles with Dark Chocolate DrizzleMy Profile

    December 5, 2016 at 3:08 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Yeah, I didn’t want to say anything, but they were def subpar. Sushi date instead next time?

      December 6, 2016 at 1:43 pm
  • Reply Kelli @ Hungry Hobby

    that is how I bake too! I have this, this, and this, let’s see if I can make something edible and baked out of it! hahahahahaha no more waking up at 3am dude I woke up an hour late today we should have switched!
    Kelli @ Hungry Hobby recently posted…Find Your TribeMy Profile

    December 5, 2016 at 3:28 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Dang I wish we had met in the middle! And we are total kitchen soul sisters!

      December 6, 2016 at 1:40 pm
  • Reply Sarah- A Whisk and Two Wands

    All the eats and baking!! These muffins look delicious, can’t wait to give them a try!

    December 5, 2016 at 5:28 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      A great way to clean out the fridge and cupboards!

      December 6, 2016 at 1:39 pm
  • Reply Rachel

    Wait, do you really want to know why his hands were hotter than yours? He was able to keep his fingers warm from the heat from his hand, arm, and rest of his fingers. Your fingers were split apart from their warm counterparts, thus ending up cold. This is why mittens are far superior to gloves in terms of warmth. #isoldoutdoorapparelfortoolong #apparently

    Nerdy outdoor apparel fun facts aside, sounds like you had a fun weekend and this recipe looks great!
    Rachel recently posted…Homemade French Onion SoupMy Profile

    December 5, 2016 at 6:24 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oh, I know, I know that mittens are way warmer, but the sad truth is that even if I had been wearing mittens, I still would not have been as warm!

      December 6, 2016 at 1:38 pm
  • Reply Emily

    Sometimes simple muffins are just the way to go, when I want to bake but don’t have much time. It sounds like you had a wonderful weekend Susie. <3 and hugs.
    Emily recently posted…Chocolate Kissed Gingerbread Cookies (Holiday Cookie Exchange)My Profile

    December 5, 2016 at 7:58 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I had a great weekend, Thank you, Emily!

      December 6, 2016 at 1:32 pm
  • Reply Kimberly Hatting

    oooooh, did someone say “blueberries?” Those muffins look delish πŸ˜‰
    Kimberly Hatting recently posted……And the Streak Goes on….My Profile

    December 5, 2016 at 8:21 pm
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      December 6, 2016 at 1:32 pm
  • Reply

    Love these blueberry pumpkin protein muffins, and now I can’t wait until your cranberry pumpkin protein muffins either! Delicious! recently posted…Spiralized Apple Filo PastryMy Profile

    December 6, 2016 at 2:22 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That means that I have to get to photographing and not just eating, right?

      December 6, 2016 at 1:31 pm
  • Reply Lacey@fairytalesandfitness

    Sounds like a great weekend. Other than spending that much at the grocery store. I can’t get out of there for cheap either and it is just buying for myself. That sushi place looks awesome. What great artwork on the plates. Those muffins sounds tasty, although I never once bough chickpea flour. Is that expensive?
    Lacey@fairytalesandfitness recently posted…What I’ve learned from Running this yearMy Profile

    December 6, 2016 at 2:53 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Nope! not that expensive at all. And I love the flavor that it adds!

      December 6, 2016 at 1:29 pm
  • Reply Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

    If/when I make it us there again, please take me to that sushi place. Those plates are epic! Also, I want muffins for breakfast. Kthanksbye.
    Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table recently posted…Our Christmas Tree, Processo Cheese, & Pizza [WIAW]My Profile

    December 7, 2016 at 1:31 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You would literally get everything on the menu. I would be ok with that. You would pay ;D

      December 8, 2016 at 1:51 pm
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    Ooooooooooh, these look SO good! I’m so glad you put aside the recipe comments on the survey and posted this!

    Also.. those sushi plates are incredible. I don’t even like sushi but that could totally change my mind! (and I KNOW, I’m like the only person on the planet who doesn’t like sushi but the whole cold rice thing skeeves me out)
    Kristy from Southern In Law recently posted…Recipe: Cold Sesame Noodle Salad (GF + Vegan)My Profile

    December 8, 2016 at 2:05 pm
  • Reply Farrah

    This sounds effing awesome! I have a ton of protein powder that I’ve been wanting to bake with! <3!

    December 8, 2016 at 8:28 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Do ittttt. I always back with protein powder in order to use it up!

      December 9, 2016 at 12:19 pm

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